Severus Snape is easily the most complex character in the Harry Potter series, whose loyalties are revealed only by the climax of the final book. While Alan Rickman's portrayal of the Hogwarts Potions Master is iconic, it still doesn't give the full picture of the character. Snape from the books has a much larger backstory that the films don't dive into, and he also has a larger note of menace and bitterness to his personality that moviegoers will be surprised to learn about.
It's likely that fans will either be more sympathetic toward Snape or consider him less of a tragic figure after they find out significant details about him from the source material.
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